Adam Bede Reviews

  • Jul 18, 2017

    BBC's beautifully-photographed film version of George Eliot's complex 1859 novel takes liberties with the book that add little value. Hetty is a hard role to play under any circumstances, but Patsy Kensit, 24 at the time of the film, is miscast as the 17-year-old Hetty, and the film draws her with none of the immature, childishness necessary to understanding Hetty's character. The flash-forward at the beginning of the film unnecessarily prejudices the viewer against her character, as well. The film insufficiently develops Dinah's spiritual and comforting role, and early in the film overplays her role as a love interest. Still, the film seeks to tell Eliot's story with sensitivity and captures much of its moving drama.

    BBC's beautifully-photographed film version of George Eliot's complex 1859 novel takes liberties with the book that add little value. Hetty is a hard role to play under any circumstances, but Patsy Kensit, 24 at the time of the film, is miscast as the 17-year-old Hetty, and the film draws her with none of the immature, childishness necessary to understanding Hetty's character. The flash-forward at the beginning of the film unnecessarily prejudices the viewer against her character, as well. The film insufficiently develops Dinah's spiritual and comforting role, and early in the film overplays her role as a love interest. Still, the film seeks to tell Eliot's story with sensitivity and captures much of its moving drama.

  • May 13, 2012

    Fairly good ending, but too drawn out

    Fairly good ending, but too drawn out

  • Apr 29, 2012

    Fairly good ending, but too drawn out

    Fairly good ending, but too drawn out

  • Feb 16, 2010

    Period dramababout a poor girl with idea'sof bettering her self by marraige to a wealthy young man, only to end up a murderess who gets a reprieve from being hanged but is deported to Botony bay penal colony. A very slow start, it gets better towards the middle of the film

    Period dramababout a poor girl with idea'sof bettering her self by marraige to a wealthy young man, only to end up a murderess who gets a reprieve from being hanged but is deported to Botony bay penal colony. A very slow start, it gets better towards the middle of the film